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Airbus wants to exchange black boxes for satellite

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Airbus is working to replace the black boxes of planes, which store flight data, with a system for sending information by satellite.

Thomas Enders, president of Airbus, explained in an interview with the newspaper «Le Parisien», quoted by EFE, that in place of the black boxes the company puts «the possibility of improving the current system with another method of data collection».

«The most important data can, for example, be transmitted in real time by satellite, as is already the case for aircraft maintenance information,» said the official.

Commercial airplanes are required to have two recorders – one for flight data and another that records conversations between pilots – but to obtain this information, physical recovery of the boxes is necessary.

State-of-the-art airplanes also transmit information via satellite during the flight, so that mechanics are prepared to assist them as soon as they land.

«In order to improve the safety of air transport in the future, we must ensure that, in the event of an accident, it is possible to recover all flight data», considers Thomas Enders.